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Tishomingo County alcohol vote Tuesday

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/21/2013 7:03 am
TISHOMINGO COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's a night Billy Raimey will never forget.

"The last words I heard my wife say at that time was watch out for that car."

Forty-three-years ago, a car driven by an impaired man crashed into their vehicle.

Both his wife and young daughter were killed.

"My life was destroyed by a drunk driver. I have seen from many, many occasions how people's lives are ruined and we talk about the economic effects of it. I ask the voters to think about economics and how much is it worth for one life," Raimey added.

Reverend Tony Curtis says scores of volunteers from all walks of life have been working to build up opposition.

"A lot of moms. A lot of dads. A lot of grandpas. A lot of citizens. A lot of business leaders. We have been working overtime ever since the end of March when we saw that this was coming our way. I believe we have rallied the troops. We've got to get out the last push," Curtis said.

Definitely in favor of a wet county is Lanny Virden.

He believes now is the time to pursue alcohol.

"Economically, Tishomingo County needs it. We have businesses that don't set up in Tishomingo County because it's a dry county. We have a lot of tourism here. We're fortunate to have two beautiful state parks, but a lot of people don't come and enjoy those parks because they've got to drive 20-30 minutes to get a six pack of beer."

"People drive from Mississippi to get the beer. I mean they ought to have it here so you can make the money-not give it all to other places. It's just a waste of time and revenue when it could be made here," Tennessee resident Terry Hayes said.

"It could benefit our county, but I don't believe being a Christian that I could vote for it," Dennis resident Rex Huffman said.

Polls open at 7 a.m. for this special election.
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